Guided tour

Madrid: Tapas, Taverns and History Tour

4.7 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: Devour Tours

Madrid: Tapas, Taverns and History Tour

Activity provider: Devour Tours
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From US$ 109.43 per person

Likely to sell out

Don't miss Madrid's top-rated 4-hour tapas tour that combines amazing tapas with a fascinating walking tour of Madrid’s historic center. Learn about the history and mysteries that fill Madrid's streets as you visit 4 tapas bars for some local specialties.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Get a true, authentic Madrid tapas experience
  • See Madrid's main sites on a historic walking tour
  • Visit 100-year-old family-run tapas bars
  • Get a quick crash course on how to do tapas like a local
  • Taste local wines and a special drink only the locals know about
Full description
Learn to do tapas like a local as you make your way through Madrid’s city center. In between 4 iconic tapas bars, you’ll hear the story of how Madrid went from a small village to the capital of one of the world’s greatest empires. Your expert guide will bring the city’s fascinating history to life as you wind in and out of grand plazas and mystery-filled streets.   Start your night off surrounded by locals as you sip vermouth and nibble on tapas in a historic tavern with connections to the Spanish Civil War. Discover here what going for tapas really means in Spain. Next up is a walk down to Madrid’s Royal Palace, where you’ll get a mini-lesson on how the city was founded. As you wander through the oldest parts of Madrid—the Habsburg neighborhood—you’ll discover some more of its hidden squares and secrets.   The next tapas bar is known for one thing—fantastic grilled mushrooms. While here, learn what most locals drink (hint: it’s not sangria) as you enjoy its famous mushrooms and Padrón peppers. At the third tapas bar, taste gambas al ajillo, a dish this family-run bar claims to have invented. You’ll also be able to order a glass of wine made from the same family’s vineyard in the Toro region. Before heading to your last tapas stop of the evening, you’ll walk through another of Madrid’s iconic squares where your guide will bring to life stories from Madrid’s fairly recent past. Finally, squeeze into one of Madrid’s last remaining traditional tapas institutions: a no-frills place where locals pack in for favorite dishes (including the Madrid specialty, pig ear).
Includes
  • Plenty of delicious tastes (enough for dinner)
  • 3 local drinks
  • Madrid Devouring guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (standard is 10-15%)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years
  • Vegans
  • People with gluten intolerance
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Your guide will be waiting for you by the ornate entryway in Plaza de las Descalzas and holding a sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour operates rain or shine.
  •  This tour is not recommended for those with celiac disease or vegans.
  •  You must be 18 years of age and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for children 13-17 years old.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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As a whole the Tapas, Taverns and History Tour was good. We, the participants, sincerely enjoyed the time in the taverns tasting tapas and chatting amongst ourselves. We appreciated the time to just sit and talk was created for us. The history part was difficult to follow. I signed up for this tour as this part truly interested me, but because too much information was delivered too quickly, it was hard to follow and I absorbed too little of it. Nonetheless, it was a fun tour and the tapas was tasty.

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July 29, 2022

This was a great way to combine History, Architecture and a unique culinary experience. I really enjoyed the vibe of the group which added to the experience. Would recommend this at the beginning of your trip to the city to really learn how to spot the authentic places from the tourist traps.

July 7, 2022

Food was good, drinks were good too (but too little). Arantxa our tour lady / food expert was knowledgeable and had a good attitude. My only concern is that she didn't wear her mask during the activities despite her not having any food or drinks for herself, so she was speaking explaining stuff while we were eating or drinking and most places were tiny so we were very close to each other.

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January 29, 2022

Product ID: 288860